Seeing Sound: Sound Art, Performance & Music 1978 - 2011 Gordon Monahan

April 17 - May 22, 2011

Organized by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in partnership with the Blackwood Gallery, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Kenderdine Art Gallery, Owens Art Gallery, Thames Art Gallery, Tom Thomson Art Gallery and singuhr − hoergalerie berlin.

Photos by Toni Hafkensheid.
Special Events

Opening Reception - Sunday April 17, 12 - 3pm
A FREE shuttle bus departs from the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA, 952 Queen Street West) at 12noon, returns downtown to a special Blackwood off-site project at Metro Hall (55 John Street), with a final stop at MOCCA by 3pm. Artist in attendance.

Book launch for Gordon Monahan
Seeing Sound: Sound Art, Performance & Music 1978 - 2011
Saturday May 7, 1 - 3pm
Art Metropole
788 King Street West

Artist Talk at Sheridan College
Thursday May 19, 12:30 – 1:30pm
Annie Smith Arts Centre Mezzanine
Sheridan College
1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville

FREE Contemporary Art Bus Tour
Sunday May 22, 12 - 5pm
Tour starts at 12noon at Blackwood's off-site exhibition at the MOCCA (952 Queen Street West) and then departs for the Blackwood Gallery (UTM), Art Gallery of York University, Koffler Gallery off-site exhibition (Sheppard Plaza), Blackwood Gallery off-site exhibition (Metro Hall) and returning to MOCCA for 5pm. To make a reservation, contact the AGYU at or call 416.736.2100 ext 44021 by Friday May 20.

Exhibition Statement

Seeing Sound presents a thirty year overview of this internationally renowned sound and multimedia artist’s career. The Blackwood will be exhibiting Aquaeolian Whirlpool (1990), a sound installation first produced at the New York Hall of Science. An approximately 10 feet high vortex of water in a Plexiglas tube is created by pumping water through the tube, and sucking it out from the bottom. An array of long piano wires are anchored to the bottom of the tube and rise vertically to a soundboard near the ceiling of the space. As the water vortex flows across the wires, 'aquaeolian tones' are induced in the piano wires. The submerged tones accompany the ebb and flow of the water vortex which resembles a mini-tornado. Other works by Monahan will be shown concurrently at the MacLaren Art Centre (February 26 - May 29) and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (April 16 - June 12).

Artist Biography

Musician and multimedia artist Gordon Monahan has created works ranging from piano compositions to sound installations. Since 1978, he has performed and exhibited at numerous performance spaces, museums, galleries, and festivals, including Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin), the Venice Biennale, the Secession (Vienna), Haus der Kunst (Munich), Mak Museum (Vienna), The Kitchen (NY), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Merkin Hall (NY) and Massey Hall (Toronto). Monahan began his career as a pianist, but in the late 1970s began creating multimedia installations and constructing sound sculptures, often using natural forces in his work. Monahan has been Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts (1990), the Exploratorium in San Francisco (1991), D.A.A.D., Berlin (1992-93), the Western Front, Vancouver (1999), Podewil, Berlin (2002), Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (2006), Museumsquartier, Vienna (2008), and a fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts (1991). From 2000 - 2004, he also led the Berlin-based group Fuzzy Love, performing on electric organ.

Installation Views
Opening Reception

Generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Museums Assistance program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.